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June 30, 2008

At A Glance

Big Ten Network extends flood donation match to July 30

The Big Ten Network has extended the deadline by which it will match, dollar for dollar, any donations to the University of Iowa Flood Relief Web site via a special link, which can be accessed at

Donations will now be matched through July 30, 2008.

If you make a credit card gift of $50, for example, the Big Ten Network will match that amount and $100 will go to help with campus flood relief effort, but only until the UI reaches the cumulative gift total of $25,000.

For more information about this special Big Ten Network promotion, visit

American Physical Therapy Association honors Shields for research

Richard K. Shields, Ph.D., professor and director of the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, was awarded the Marian Williams Research Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Shields directs the Neuromuscular/Motor Control Research Laboratory, and he has made significant contributions through his translational work in motor control. Shields developed an innovative method to therapeutically stress the paralyzed extremities of individuals with spinal cord injury. His research also examines how the neuromuscular system responds to various forms of stress, including fatigue, unexpected perturbations, surgery, joint instability, vibration and heat.

Shields was recognized at the APTA national conference, held June 11-14 in San Antonio.

Kotowske honored for work in community-based medical education

The UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and its Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs have named Beverly Kotowske the recipient of the Community-Based Medical Education Coordinator Award for 2008.

Kotowske is the educational coordinator at the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation (CRMEF), one of six UI regional medical education centers and sponsor of a UI-affiliated family medicine residency program. A 33-year employee at CRMEF, Kotowske supports the educational activities of the foundation's residency program. In addition, she coordinates a shadowing program for first-year medical students, community-based primary care clerkship, emergency medicine rotation for fourth-year medical students, clinical experiences for physician assistant students, and UI faculty development workshops.

Kotowske was honored at a reception June 26 at the college.

Discover science 'Wednesday Night at the Lab' in July

Observe the art of scientific glassblowing. Learn about biomechanics research and human "replacement parts." See how customized, one-of-a-kind medical instruments are made. Discover cytogenetics and see chromosomes up close and personal.

Experience science and the unknown as you discover the latest UI innovations during "Wednesday Night at the Lab," a series of courses offered in July by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

Each session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays July 2, 9, 16 and 23. The cost is $5 per session.

For details and registration information, visit or contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222.

Gringer to discuss Armenia at July 10 Foreign Relations Council luncheon

Jeff Gringer, a member of the U.S. Foreign Service originally from Iowa City, will present "A Vice-Consul's Armenia: Yerevan in the rearview mirror" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, July 10, at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The Red Avocado will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is by noon Thursday, July 3. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 13, on the Iowa Public Radio network.

For more information see

College of Dentistry hosting conference on genetic disorder July 24

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will host a half-day conference for health professionals on treating ectodermal dysplasia syndromes from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 24, in the Galagan Auditorium of the UI Dental Sciences Building.

Ectodermal dysplasia syndromes are a group of about 150 genetic disorders that affect the ectoderm, the outer layer of tissue in a developing baby that contributes to the formation of teeth, skin, sweat glands, hair and other parts of the body.

The conference is sponsored by Astra Tech and the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

To register or for more information, contact Mary Fete at the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias at 618-566-2020 or


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